Motivated by the achievements of local paralympic champions such as HN Grisha and Mariappan Thangavelu, who secured gold medals in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the Karnataka team, comprising 84 athletes, is determined to propel the state into the top three positions on the medal leaderboard. The Khelo India Para Games symbolize a significant stride towards inclusiveness in Indian sports. It showcases the remarkable skills and resilience of para-athletes hailing from diverse regions across the nation.
Addressing a heartfelt farewell event orchestrated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Southern Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Youth Education and Sports (DYES) and the Karnataka Paralympic Association, Rakshita Raju, the gold medalist in the 1500m category at the 4th Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, commended the government’s initiatives in organizing the inaugural Khelo India Para Games, scheduled to commence on December 10th in New Delhi.
Karnataka to Keep Grisha’s Legacy Alive
Karnataka, inspired by paralympic stars Grisha HN and Mariappan Thangavelu, is set to field 84 para-athletes at the inaugural Khelo India Para Games. The state aims for a top-three spot in the medal tally, highlighting the inclusivity of Indian sports. The event, hosting over… pic.twitter.com/QSQ74ImaOJ
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The inaugural Khelo India Para Games are set to take place from December 10 to 17. There will be over 1,400 participants representing 32 states and union territories, along with the Services Sports Control Board. Para-athletes will compete in seven disciplines, namely para-athletics, para shooting, para-archery, para football, para badminton, para table tennis, and para weightlifting.
The upcoming events are scheduled to take place at three SAI stadiums. The IG Stadium, the Shooting Range in Tughlakabad, and the JLN Stadium. Since the year 2018, a total of 11 Khelo India Games have been conducted successfully. This comprises 5 Khelo India Youth Games, 3 Khelo India University Games, and 3 Khelo India Winter Games. Satyanarayana, Chairman of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), who is actively involved with para-athletes in Karnataka, expressed optimism about the state’s performance. He anticipates notable achievements in para-athletics, shooting, and powerlifting. A realistic expectation is that Karnataka will secure a position within the top 5 in the overall medal tally.